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Consultation underway over devolution arrangements

People living and working in the Liverpool City Region are being asked for their views on the area’s devolution plans.

A consultation is underway until 5 August to help review the functions and governance arrangements of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) and set out the specific powers to be devolved from government.

The LCRCA and a Mayor to be directly elected in 2017 will use proposed powers in partnership with the city region’s six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral) as well as government officials and other public bodies.

In November 2015 the initial devolution agreement secured £900 million and identified priority areas where resources and decisions would be devolved from central government to be decided locally, including employment and skills, housing and planning, transport, innovation, business growth and support, energy, culture and finance.

In March 2016 further powers and priorities were announced including new powers over transport, piloting the 100% business rates retention approach across the city region, and working with government on children’s services, health housing and justice.

Members of the public across the Liverpool City Region are now being invited to provide feedback through an online survey about the LCRCA’s functions, the powers which will be devolved and how they will be managed.

A summary of the LCRCA’s proposed scheme, along with the survey, are online at www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk